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Patients going home after knee replacement do as well as those going to rehab facility

Source: Medical Xpress

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that patients who go home after knee replacement and receive physical therapy at home do as well as those discharged to an in-patient rehabilitation facility. There’s a common belief that people should go to a rehab facility after joint replacement,” said Douglas E. Padgett, MD, the lead investigator and chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at HSS. “Our study found that patients can be safely discharged to their home following knee replacement, dispelling the notion that rehabilitation at an inpatient facility is essential for a successful recovery.”

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